USA SWIMMING Minor Athlete Abuse Protection Policy which will be added to our SPY SWIM TEAM Handbook:
Information, Statements, & Resources
YMCA Overview of Safe Sport: /ohsfymca/UserFiles/Image/QuickUpload/safe-sport-act-overview_073063.pdf
Info Below from US Center for SafeSport
“The U.S. Center for SafeSport is an independent nonprofit committed to ending all forms of abuse in sport. This includes bullying, harassment, hazing, physical abuse, emotional abuse, and sexual misconduct and abuse. The Center is the first and only national organization of its kind. The Center provides services to sport entities on abuse prevention techniques, policies and programs and provides a safe, professional and confidential place for individuals to report sexual abuse within the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movements. Visit our Response and Resolution, and Education and Outreach pages to learn more about our work.
Mission is to make athlete well-being the centerpiece of our nation’s sports culture. All athletes deserve to participate in sports free from bullying, hazing, sexual misconduct or any form of emotional or physical abuse.
Vision is that every athlete will be safe, supported, and strengthened through sport.
- Safe: Athletes are protected from emotional, physical, and sexual abuse.
- Supported: Athletes enjoy welcome, respectful environments and diversity is actively embraced.
- Strengthened: Athletes use the skills they’ve learned in sport to contribute to the well-being of their communities. Every athlete thrives, on and off the field of play.”
“The U.S. Congress and the U.S. Olympic Committee entrusted the Center with the authority to respond to reports of sexual misconduct within the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movements. The Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 (S.534) designates the Center to serve as the independent national safe sport organization, with the responsibility for developing policies and procedures to prevent the emotional, physical and sexual abuse of amateur athletes.
The Center has exclusive authority over reports of sexual misconduct or conduct related to the underlying sexual misconduct, within the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movements. The Center has discretionary authority on a case by case basis over any other form of misconduct, including bullying, harassment, physical and emotional abuse. Experts in the field evaluate each case to determine the proper outcome. Sanctions, up to permanent ineligibility across all Olympic sports, can be issued when a finding of a SafeSport Code violation is determined.
Our SafeSport team carries out this important work professionally, emphasizing responsiveness, fairness and confidentiality. The Center’s confidential online system is the preferred method for making a report, though individuals can also contact our staff—we are here for you.”
Parent's Guide to Misconduct in Sport is designed for the parents of athletes of all ages. This course explains the issues of misconduct in sport and helps parents ensure their children have a positive and safe sport experience. If you are a parent looking for resources on keeping your athlete safe, you can access the Parent Training at no cost. Simply create an account at www.athletesafety.org, add the parent training to your bag, and you'll be able to access the training.
FREE online parent training is available> https://athletesafety.org/training/index
Parent Toolkit is Resource pdf document.
Parents are an important part of the solution, as we all work together to prevent abuse in sport. Click on link to access: https://resources.safesport.org/toolkits/Parent-Toolkit-Complete/index.html
Additional Resources in this Parent Toolkit
REPORT A CONCERN> https://safesport.org/report-a-concern
CONTACT 9-1-1 IMMEDIATELY IF YOU'RE FACING A LIFE-THREATENING EMERGENCY
The SafeSport Center's goal is to be accessible, empathetic and responsive to anyone needing assistance. We understand and respect that asking for help or making a report can be an emotional process. Our professionals are highly trained and handle every situation with the attention and confidentiality it deserves.
We want to make reporting as simple as possible; below are guidelines to help you choose the right option(s). If in doubt, you can always contact the Center to ask questions. The Center is commissioned to respond to any report of a SafeSport Code violation involving sexual misconduct for the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movements. It can manage other types of Code violations on a case-by-case basis.
Sexual misconduct: Report to the Center for SafeSport
The Center handles ALL reports of sexual abuse within the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movements. Make a report to the Safe Sport Center if you have a reasonable suspicion of sexual misconduct such as child sex abuse, non-consensual sexual conduct, sexual harassment or intimate relationships involving an imbalance of power.
Contact local authorities Contact your local authorities if you have a reasonable suspicion that child sexual abuse or neglect has occurred. All reports of child abuse or sexual assault of a minor must also be reported to local authorities. Reports of abuse not involving a minor may also be reported to local authorities
Contact your National Governing Body
Contact the National Governing Body for your sport to report other forms of misconduct such as emotional or physical misconduct, bullying, hazing or harassment.
For SPY Swimming: Please contact our Springfield Family YMCA’s Administration, YMCA of the USA, and USA Swimming
24/7 crisis support> Contact the SafeSport crisis line https://www.safesporthelpline.org
For 24/7 crisis support, contact the SafeSport crisis line for crisis interventions, referrals and emotional support. This confidential and secure helpline is operated by RAINN, the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization.
- Access live, confidential help over the phone—just call 866-200-0796.
- Get confidential, one-on-one support through a secure instant-messaging platform. Go chat now.> https://hotline.rainn.org/safesport
- Download the SafeSport Helpline app to connect directly with a trained support specialist over the phone using WiFi.
USA Swimming Website page for DEAL WITH A SAFE SPORT CONCERN
USA Swimming's SWIM ASSIST
SwimAssist is USA Swimming’s assistance fund for survivors of abuse. Established in 2014, the goal of SwimAssist is to support survivors with the financial burden of seeking counseling, therapy, or other healing treatment. SwimAssist is available to any current or former USA Swimming member who has suffered abuse perpetrated by an individual who at the time of the harm was (1) a member of USA Swimming and (2) participating in the activities of USA Swimming.
How does SwimAssist work? A survivor will be asked to identify the perpetrator of the abuse and the year(s) the harm occurred. No other information is required to receive SwimAssist, and receipt of support is not dependent on the survivor’s participation in the U.S. Center for SafeSport’s or USA Swimming’s disciplinary process. USA Swimming is required to report instances of sexual abuse to the appropriate authorities; however, it is up to the survivor whether to pursue further action.
CLICK Link for more details and Contact information> https://www.usaswimming.org/news-landing-page/2018/08/03/what-is-swimassist